[Geowanking] Using Google Mapmaker Data
anselm at gmail.com
Fri May 29 09:25:05 PDT 2009
Are there any studies that show empirical benefits on opening up data?
Like, improvements to financial bottom line, or improvements to other
tangibles that a company would care about?
It feels like sometimes organizations take a superstitious approach;
assuming that holding data is best. As well in this case Google may be
beholden to parties from whom they get the data. If those
organizations are specialized around map data then convincing them to
part with their primary asset seems dubious at best. The argument has
to sway many parties.
Clearly Yahoo has benefited from OSM - but OSM doesn't have the same
kind of profit motive. How about the same between for-profits? How
about in other topic domains?
If Google and Yahoo shared their map data this could be a win... (or
a cartel I suppose). We've argued that participants should move up a
level by not competing over data but competing over services. And
we've argued that a smaller slice of a bigger pie can be a bigger
total reward. Not to mention synergistic and emergent effects of
having a real ecosystem. But are there any papers that ground this
Eventually our governments might simply legislate a data sharing
policy if this turns out to become a real barrier. But is there any
way to bring participants to the table more quickly and voluntarily by
showing real benefit to those participants?
On Fri, May 29, 2009 at 7:02 AM, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> On 29 May 2009, at 01:26, Brady Forrest wrote:
>> What is the status of OSM licensing?
> It's a little Kafkaesque but we're nearly done. The main thrust of things
> hasn't changed but lots of details needed to be ironed out.
>> What license would Mapmaker data have to be for it to be useable for OSM?
> The same things that would make it usable to Microsoft and Yahoo, therefore
> it's unlikely to happen.
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